Among the class transported to another world, Nagumo Hajime is an ordinary male student who didn't have ambition nor aspiration in life, and thus called "Incompetent" by his classmates.
The class was summoned to become heroes and save a country from destruction. Students of the class were blessed with cheat specifications and cool job class, however, it was not the case with Hajime, with his profession as a "Synergist," and his very mediocre stats.
"Synergist," to put it in another word, was just artisan class. Being the weakest, he then falls to the depth of the abyss when he and his classmates were exploring a dungeon. What did he find in the depth of the abyss, and can he survive?
This is a copy pasted review that I did for the light novel. The manga may or may not be different later down the road, but for now it has been faithful to the source material (even though it skips a few points) so I think the review still applies. I may or may not update this review later as the chapters come out:
I honestly have mixed feelings about this light novel (or web novel or whatevs). On one hand, it has a really promising beginning, and I mean it. It's not your typical "meh promising", it's a "promising promising". On the other, it's squandered
after some chapters. (mild spoilers ahead, skip to TL;DR if you want to avoid them)
You see, during the first few chapters, I wanted to know how the MC would develop and how he would get out of his dangerous situation. It was a story that made me want to read the next chapter as soon I finished one, despite the terrible translation (if you are picky about grammar, oh boy, either stay away or brace yourself...)
But then, at some point, it becomes.... Bad and weird.... What was previously a really good engaging survival story, quickly becomes a wish fulfillment fantasy harem woohoo MC badass gets all the chicks and owns everyone's ass. Don't get me wrong, I like/love stories with overpowered protagonists, but when you do that, you need to make sure that your plot is engaging or at least the characters are good. And Arifureta doesn't have any of those two. The plot is bland and his harem is just... Weird... I give kudos to the writer for not being cliche/mainstream and picking the usual stereotypes, but his harem is just weird. There's no chemistry between the characters and no real connection.
I ended up dropping this novel as soon the MC met a certain someones, since that was the sole reason that kept me going. I literally don't really care what happens next.
Is this worth your time? To be honest with you, I think you should still give it a shot. I know it may sound contradictory, but I honestly think that at the very least the beginning is worth the read. The beginning is a good survival story that may entertain anyone who likes survival, but after that? You can decide for yourself.
TL;DR: Give it a shot, really good start, but may disappoint you later down the road.
This manga has to be one of my favourite mangas. If you enjoy reading about a main character with a helpless attitude who gradually rises to the top, you might want to consider reading this.
Not much comedy is involved in this manga although there are times where you either find a certain quote funny or just cringe-worthy. Most of the time, the main characters seem to know everything and have quite a serious attitude.
The manga talks about a totally normal boy, Hajime, from the totally normal world gets teleported to another world with his classmates-- full of demons and spells. Because he came from
the normal world, people from the abnormal world had high expectations of him. But his stats were dead average.
The story seems to make some Hajime's classmates seem horrible, as if they didn't care that a 'useless boy' had 'died' when they went into the dungeon inside of another world. The girl whom he had a crush on in the normal world seemed like the only one who cared.
The story really focuses on hope since even though Hajime knew there was a slim chance of surviving he pressed on.
I really liked the art in the manga. It expresses the characters well and was somewhat cute. They could have added in a bit more colour to the face but otherwise, it was great.
This story is an exploration of hope and despair, a journey to its extremity for those betrayed. Bewarn, our MC is a total opposite from the typical heroes found in other Manga. He is just an average boy with below average ability. But this is what makes the story an interesting read. How is the author going to narrate a story of a bullied victim, ridiculed and harassed by classmates, a below average boy that's abandoned and friendless, who's buried deep in the pit of doom?
I did find the pacing to be very fast, perhaps too fast.
I don't think enough time was given to develop the character and backstory. Also, the MC not going the vengeance route might not sound logical, but with further thoughts I realize he did found hope in returning home, so it's actually rather appropriate he focus on this positive resolve. In similarity the MC likens more toward Captain America than Spiderman.